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January 2005

McFarlane to develop TV series
Posted Monday, January 31, 2005, 1:43AM CST by Franklin Harris
"Spawn" creator Todd McFarlane and movie producer Don Murphy ("League of Extraordinary Gentlemen") have teamed up to develop "Twisted Tales," a half-hour horror/fantasy/sci-fi anthology TV series. If the show reaches the airwaves, plans are for McFarlane to serve as the show's host.

Source: Cinescape

Bentley to haunt 'Ghost Rider'
Posted Friday, January 21, 2005, 9:51PM CST by Franklin Harris
Wes Bentley ("American Beauty") has signed on to play the villainous Blackheart in "Ghost Rider." He will star opposite Nicolas Cage in the Marvel Comics adaptation directed by Mark Steven Johnson ("Daredevil").

Source: Dark Horizons

Zemeckis to unleash 'Beowulf'
Posted Friday, January 21, 2005, 9:45PM CST by Franklin Harris
Robert Zemeckis ("Back to the Future") has agreed to direct "Beowulf." Based on the 6th century heroic poem about the Scandinavian warrior who fights the monster Grendel (as well as Grendel's equally monstrous mother and a dragon), the film has been in development for several years. Zemeckis will work from a script by Neil Gaiman ("Sandman") and Quentin Tarantino collaborator Roger Avary ("Pulp Fiction").

Source: Cinescape

Kolchak to stalk the night again
Posted Thursday, January 20, 2005, 8:20PM CST by Franklin Harris
ABC has ordered up a revised version of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," the 1970s TV series starring Darren McGavin as a reporter who specializes in stories about the supernatural. "X-Files" producer Frank Spotnitz is overseeing the show's revival.

Source: Moviehole

Two more to fly with 'Superman'
Posted Sunday, January 16, 2005, 9:47PM CST by Franklin Harris
Hugh Laurie, star of the new Fox TV series "House," has signed on to play gruff newspaper editor Perry White in director Bryan Singer's new "Superman" film. Laurie will be joined by "X-Men" star James Marsden, who will play a new character named Richard White, possibly Perry's son and a rival love interest for Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), as if the Clark/Superman/Lois triangle weren't complicated enough.

Source: Cinescape

Lois and Lex join Singer's 'Superman'
Posted Monday, January 10, 2005, 10:37AM CST by Franklin Harris
Director Bryan Singer has found his Lois Lane and Lex Luthor to star opposite the new Superman, portrayed by Brandon Routh. Kevin Spacey will shave his head to become Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor, while Spacey's "Beyond the Sea" co-star Kate Bosworth will play intrepid reporter Lois Lane.

Source: Dark Horizons

Vaugier feels the 'Painkiller Jane'
Posted Thursday, January 6, 2005, 2:11AM CST by Franklin Harris
Emmanuelle Vaugier, who had a recurring role as Dr. Helen Bryce on "Smallville," has been picked for the title role in "Painkiller Jane," the Sci-Fi Channel's two-hour pilot based on the Event Comics comic-book character created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada.

Source: Superhero Hype!

Portman joins 'V For Vendetta'
Posted Thursday, January 6, 2005, 2:01AM CST by Franklin Harris
Natalie Portman has joined the cast of "V For Vendetta," based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore ("League of Extraordinary Gentlemen") and David Lloyd. The film, produced by Joel Silver, Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, will be directed by James McTeigue, first assistant director on the Wachowskis' "Matrix" trilogy.

Source: Superhero Hype!

Will Eisner dies at 87
Posted Tuesday, January 4, 2005, 10:14AM CST by Franklin Harris
Comics legend Will Eisner ("The Spirit," "A Contract With God") died Monday from complications of open-heart surgery, reports Newsarama. He was 87. His final graphic novel, "The Plot" will be released later this year by W.W. Norton.



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